Do Our Souls Continue to Develop in Heaven?

Alan distinguishes between two types of soul development and shares his thoughts on which one we'll experience in Heaven.



00:05 I've been asked if our soul continues to develop in Heaven. Now, before we answer

00:10 that we have to first answer the question, "What is a soul?" And I'd say

00:14 human beings are, according to Scripture, a combination of a physical body and a

00:18 non-physical self. And that non-physical part is your soul. And I would argue it's

00:23 kind of where your thoughts, your emotions, your will, your memories, and

00:27 really all of your consciousness happens. Now, people often talk about the brain,

00:31 the physical part of humans, being responsible for thinking and learning,

00:35 but I don't believe that's the case. Now, during our life on Earth, I think it's

00:39 pretty obvious that our soul develops in at least two ways: sanctification and

00:45 knowledge. So sanctification is the process by which we are being conformed

00:50 to Christ, and I would include moral character development in this category.

00:54 But our souls also develop in knowledge as we learn new things and we develop

00:59 new skills. The question though is, "Do our souls continue to develop in Heaven or

01:05 in the afterlife?" Now, I'm gonna do a little bit of speculating here, but I

01:09 would say that our soul will continue to develop in knowledge but not in

01:14 sanctification. In other words, for those people who God saves, their

01:19 sanctification will be made complete in the afterlife. They will no longer be

01:23 morally corrupt and won't be capable of sin. However, we will not become all of the

01:28 sudden omniscient and know everything like God. We will still be finite beings,

01:33 and that will mean we will continue to learn new things. We'll be able to gain

01:37 more knowledge and develop new skills. And in fact, to me, this is one of the

01:41 most exciting aspects of the afterlife, that we will continue to explore

01:46 creation and learn more about it with God forever.

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Alan Shlemon